Reading ➻ The Invisible Manuscript Author Alfian Sa'at – Writerscompany.co.uk
The Invisible Manuscript is not very invisible but brings the pathos very visible to the reader The poet explains he lost himself in the writing of these poems and prose and that they are the stories of so many others but it reads like the growing up and realisation of one person. This book is a lot different to what I usually read Actually, one of my friends recommended me this book and I have to say, I don t regret it Although I support their pro rights but not the concept of their lifestyle, I found Sa at s writing to be very genuine Though some metaphors that he values didn t work for me, I still understand his struggles of being a gay man, conveying what it s truly like Some may be very arousing and intimate as he describes it many times i What you gain from this collection will commensurate with what you gave. This one takes the cake this week though, because even tho it talks about the taboo subject of sexuality, you re basically pushed into this theatre that s screening a show called all the brave loves and loss you never really knew existed and you re completely reeled in until the last page I can t say too much or I ll spoil the book but yes, this book is called the invisible manuscript for a very good reason a A collection of local poetry from a Singaporean writer, all about the experience of being a gay male in Singapore I generally liked this, except some parts were very voluble, and some metaphors didn t quite work The quality varied quite widely and there were some good poems and a few average ones A common thread I didn t like in all the poems was the very brazen descriptions of sex masturbation I get that i I have no words After reading the first few poems I already knew that this poetry anthology was a 5 star read Alfian s writing is divine, in every sense of the word His anthology outlines the experiences of a homosexual in a Singaporean context, and perhap Moving in their sincerity, these poems are tiny missives from the past of one of our most beloved writers Although uneven in quality, they still form a cohesive whole articulating the gay male experience in Singapore, with honesty and de Ballsy and edgy Particularly liked Chronology and Seven. Alfian Sa At S First Unpublished Collection Of Writings Composed When He Was 22, It Was First Distributed Unofficially To Selected Friends And Colleagues Bearing Passionate Testimony To Private And Public Memories, This Gathering Of Poems And Prose Fragments Documenting The Intimate Challenges Of Homosexual Longing Gives Voice To An Invisible Minority Still Struggling To Be Recognised Today Now Published At Last, This Book, Full Of Fierce Confessions, Ambivalences And Flinty Epiphanies, Will Shock And Devestate Here Is An Uncompromising Confluence Of Unfulfilled Desires Wrought Through Language By One Of Singapore S Most Outspoken And Critical Voices.